Veteran filmmaker Kikkeri Shamanna Lakshminarasimha Swamy, popularly known as KSL Swamy, died on 20 October 2015 due to breathing complications in Bengaluru. He was 77.
The multifaceted personality was also a playback singer, producer and actor.
He started his career in film industry by assisting G. V. Iyer and M. R. Vittal. He debuted as an independent film director with the 1966 film, Thoogudeepa.
Swamy’s 1989 film Jamboo Savari won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film at the 37th National Film Awards.
In his 49-year long career, Swamy had directed 37 films.
In 2013, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan Dr. B. Saroja Devi National Award for his contribution to cinema.